As the capital state of Uttarakhand in northern India, Dehradun is positioned about 236 kilometers north of the country's capital city. Living in Dehradun can be rewarding for expats, with its diverse, friendly people, bustling and exciting atmosphere, and growing job opportunities. When you first arrive you should take a walk around the city, taking in some of the tourist hot spots, just so you can tick them off your list and get stable footing. The Tapkeshwar Temple, for instance, is a stunning piece of Indian architecture, which holds vast spiritual and religious significance for Dehradun. The Malsi Deer Park is situated in an area of natural beauty, and is a favorite destination amongst both tourists and locals. However, with all the sights and sounds that are typical for an Indian city, expats in Dehradun might feel a bit overwhelmed at first. The expatriates on InterNations have crucial insights into living abroad, so if you ever feel like the transition to life in Dehradun is a struggle, you have somewhere useful to turn.
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Dehradun has some up-to-date transportation options that make moving there a relatively simple procedure, at least in regards to logistics. The Jolly Grant Airport has weekly flights to and from Delhi, and the Dehradun Railway station operates trains to all major Indian cities. A lot of people travel to Dehradun to experience its vast cultural diversity, and growing artistic spirit, but within the last few years job opportunities have also increased, making a move to Dehradun a viable life choice for expatriates looking for work. The InterNations’ Expat Magazine has many articles that make moving to Dehradun or any other foreign city much easier. It includes articles written by both InterNations members and the in-house staff and cover various expatriation relevant topics, such as, for example, the regulations on bringing your pets and other family members abroad with you.
Much like anywhere else in the world, working in Dehradun can be stressful for expats who have only just moved there. It might take a while before you settle in comfortably, but the features on the InterNations website can speed up that process significantly. Since Dehradun has a relatively low population compared to the rest of India and the local education institutions are unsurpassed in terms of quality, Dehradun has a large per capita income. Within the last 25 years, the city has seen vast economic growth - today it is in the middle of a technology and communications boom. There are many fashion and major retail stores in the center of the city, with famous names such as Calvin Klein and Nike offering jobs not only to the local populace.